MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Tabare Vazquez easily won Uruguay’s presidential election on Sunday, returning to power a left-leaning coalition that has helped legalize gay marriage and moved to create the world’s first state-run marijuana marketplace.
The runoff vote had drawn international attention because Vazquez’s rival, center-right candidate Luis Lacalle Pou, had promised to undo much of the plan to put the government in charge of regulating the production, distribution and sale of marijuana on a nationwide scale.
Lacalle Pou, 41, called Vazquez to concede and “wish him great success” after exit polls showed him losing. Late Sunday night, Uruguay’s Electoral Court announced that with all the votes counted, Vazquez had 53 percent support and Lacalle Pou 40 percent.
The morning after a dark night for Democrats, California stands as the great exception to the national pattern of Republican power. In the state, not a single Republican was elected to statewide office.
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